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Stop Trying to Hug Porcupines

(November 02, 2012)

Earlier today I was inspired by one of my friends' statuses on Facebook. He basically stated that he came to a life changing epiphany that it was impossible to live a righteous life without God.

Well ...

Sure. That makes perfect sense ... to me. But we're all at different places in our walk with God.

Me? I remember that it came upon me shortly after I was baptized a second time Easter 2012. That was when I started really re-dedicating my life to Jesus and His word. In doing so, I realized that there were certain things that I did, ways that I acted, and people with whom I associated with that I simply could not continue to rock with and grow in my relationship with Christ.

You just can't do whatever you want if you're living in His word, if you want His gifts, if you love Him. You can't. But I think that biggest problem with this for me as I was coming upon the realization is that I had to walk away from certain people; people with whom I shared history with and cared about and I was at a crossroads. Granted, for me, most of these people I really only associated with online via social media, but that didn't lessen their impact in my life.

It's not that they were bad people or evil people or anything like that. They just weren't conducive to my growing relationship with Jesus for whatever reason. Some of them were negative people. Some of them blatantly acted in ways that were clearly toxic to them. Some of them were just toxic to me. Regardless, I had to let them go and sometimes, it was difficult. But then I realized, they're just porcupines.

Porcupines are cute little animals that you don't necessarily want to get too close too. They're fun to look at but you don't want to get all cuddly with them. You want to admire them from afar.

And certain people are like that. You don't necessarily love them any less. You don't stop praying for them. You just set your boundaries. You draw your line in the sand and know where they stand; and, more importantly, where you do. Because there is no flexibility in morality -- not when it comes to Christ.

Sure, none among us is perfect ... but what's to stop us from trying by removing the temptation from our lives of people who we know are not good for us?

Now, that begs the question, doesn't Jesus help the sick?

On hearing this, Jesus said to them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

-Mark 2:17 (NIV)

Well, yes. He did.

But, he always had his disciples.

So, go if you must, to be with the person with whom you know you shouldn't. But, bring a disciple with you. Bring a PIC -- a partner in Christ. Someone who cares about you and your relationship with Christ who won't allow you to make decisions that aren't in following with the Word.

Or, bring the Word itself. Share it. Keep your interactions limited to how to walk closer to God. It's sure to keep you from going astray.

But, if you're not on a mission to save. Perhaps it's best you just walk away and say goodbye. If you can't, at least ask yourself, should I be hugging this porcupine?

That is all.


it's right

Loved this's so true and I needed to read something to this effect. I've been slowly plucking porcupines out of my life and have learned to keep a disciple with me. It's hard for me who knows I have a coexist heart but there is a fine line too it. Thanks for following the Holy Spirit. this was a blessing.

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